Alcohol Use Disorder among University Students in Cameroon and Its Related Harms


Alcohol Use Disorder among University Students in Cameroon and Its Related Harms


Ejowah Epine Njabe and Baronese Peters

The school of graduate studies Sahmyook University, 815, Hwarang-ro, Seoul, South Korea.


International Research Journal of Public Health-2D code

Purpose: Underage drinking, particularly heavy episodic bouts of underage drinking and the related consequences is a major social issue plaguing college campuses worldwide. Uncontrolled drinking behavior among college and university students has resulted in the occurrence of fatalities, assaults, unintentional serious injuries road accidents, crime, unprotected sexual activity, and poor school performance. The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of alcohol dependence among Cameroonian university students and to identify the related factors.

Design: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 600 randomly selected university students in Cameroon.

Setting: The survey assessed students’ level of drinking using the 10-item Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test, a screening test for harmful drinking. Data were collected online and students were asked to respond to the survey via email.

Results: Six hundred students participated in the survey. Among them, 261,(43.6%) were women and 337 (56%) were men and the majority (52.7%) lived with their parents.
The results demonstrated a statistically positive correlation between reason to drink, drinking demands situations, and the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test, proving the alternative hypothesis to be true in its form. There was also a strong statistically significant direct relationship between drinking demand and perceived drinking benefits.


Keywords: Alcohol use, harm, schools, policies, prevalence

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Ejowah Epine Njabe and Baronese Peters. Alcohol Use Disorder among University Students in Cameroon and Its Related Harms. International Research Journal of Public Health, 2019; 3:39. DOI:10.28933/irjph-2019-11-2305


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